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Stark Contrast

October 16, 2012


In this episode of Interweb Activities for Shut-ins, we troll the virtual aisles of  eBay in search of white pottery planters. Why white? I suppose my sudden need for the colorless is the yin to my recent yang for all things riotous-hued. In any case, once I typed the keywords “white pottery planter” into eBay’s search bar the hunt was on. There was a lot to love and lots to loathe in every price point, everything from granny-ready knick-knackery to important collector’s specimens. I decided my focus would be on vessels in animal forms, faux bois and oddities, and they had to be inexpensive. My targets also had to feature a BUY IT NOW button on their listings … I was not interested in checking back and bidding against others. Pictured above is a selection of my early arrivals mixed with some white faves already on-hand. I got so into the black’n’white groove I made a whole vignette out of it; balancing the whiteness with a topping of black items in various materials (and a couple of rocks from the garden). Not content to stop there, I add two framed b/w prints from an old art instruction manual.


Here are a few pale stand-outs …


From top left, clockwise: My ‘Chaly’ vase from DFC Casa looks like the love child of Alfred E. Neuman and a traditional elf. A gift from a friend, it’s nice to see him in the living room every day; I couldn’t resist this huge snail with the bulbous pom-pom eye stalks (and bonus eyes beneath). Love his goofy groovy grin; This pious beauty with the downcast eyes has a planting pouch on her back. According to an inscription on the bottom it was a 25th anniversary gift from Alta & Elton to Norma & Harold, in 1975. The delicate, wing-like fingers were the hook and what prompted me to go above my $50 budget; Last, sporting a messy tillandsia up-do is my spirit-baby talisman from Etsy shop, Mudpuppy … With my surgery just hours away I’ll be looking his way a lot.


Even though they’re white, each piece is different: Some are a warm white softly kissed with yellow; others have a chillier grey undertone. Some are shiny-glossy; others rough, grainy. My study in contrasts is complete.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Desiree permalink
    October 16, 2012 3:13 pm

    Wow, awesome, I love the pottery of people and the frog best

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 16, 2012 3:15 pm

      Me, too, Desiree! The frog has sprouted some euphorbias from his back since I took the picture and it looks awesome.

  2. October 16, 2012 3:35 pm

    Black is beautifull but so is white when I see this !

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 16, 2012 3:37 pm

      It’s impossible to have one without the other, as I found when putting this display together! Thanks for commenting, Gwen

  3. October 16, 2012 5:25 pm

    It’s fabulous. I love the contrast between the black and the white. And you know me, my eye went straight to the rock. That rock looks like a couple that I got when I went hiking in Forest Falls. All in all, a fantastic display.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 16, 2012 5:29 pm

      Thanks, WF! … I chose the rock on a super-hot day and it was not only black as coal but hot like it, too! One of a crop of b&w rocks from Stephen Penn. As you know I have two of the little faun pots now, thanks to you.

  4. Dave in Toronto permalink
    October 16, 2012 5:31 pm


  5. lorimarsha permalink
    October 17, 2012 3:19 am

    Inspired once again. I totally understand the movement from color to neutral. I find myself wavering back and forth on a regular basis. Thinking good thoughts for your surgery.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      October 17, 2012 3:24 am

      Thanksamillion, Lori … I think we’re both totally married to color, but willing to cheat! 🙂

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